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Recognition of religion or belief in Tanzania

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the United Republic of Tanzania are classified restrictive.

Recognition of religion or belief in Tanzania


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; a focus is placed on the latter as legal registration while the former, existential recognition, is given few to no means of attainment.

  • Informational requirements are appropriate though require continued monitoring ensure that undue expansion does not take place; politicisation and restriction occurs in the requirement that a district commissioner provided a letter of recommendation.

  • The fact that individual congregations need not gain separate registration from the broader religious body is helpful to reducing the restrictiveness of the registration process.

  • There is a degree of imbalance regarding what Muslim groups and Christian groups need to provide in the process of registration.

  • The rule of mandatory registration on both the mainland and on Zanzibar violates the Bielefeldt provision with the two layers of registration procedure even further restrictive.

  • Ongoing political tensions between Tanzania an Zanzibar using religion as a means of stoke sectarianism undermines efforts to maintain religious liberty.

Positive elements:

  • Nil.


  • Repeal laws demanding mandatory registration and revoke policies allowing the government to intervene in the internal affairs of religious organisations.

  • Revoke membership quotas and retributions for unregistration.

  • Establish a revitalised recognition that can provide both existential recognition and legal registration to all belief systems equally.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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